Former Ore. cheerleading coach arrested again on rape allegations

Former Ore. cheerleading coach arrested again on rape allegations

A former cheerleading coach previously convicted of sexually abusing an underage girl has been arrested again on suspicion of rape.

David A. Chatman, 38, of Corvallis was arrested on suspicion of first-degree rape and second-degree sex abuse of a 17-year-old girl whom he used to coach.

Court documents indicate Chatman knew the girl through West Coast Extreme Cheerleading in Tualatin, Ore. He reportedly coached the girl when she was 11 or 12.

Chatman was ordered to register as a sex offender after being convicted in 2008 of molesting another 16-year-old cheerleader on an airplane. He was sentenced to two years in prison.

According to court documents, the cheerleader’s mother in the new case notified Clackamas County sheriff’s deputies in March that her daughter was raped in Corvallis sometime in September.

In an interview with investigators, the girl said she went to Corvallis to see her cheerleading coach, and at Chatman’s home, she fell asleep after becoming groggy from medication.

She told investigators that she woke to Chatman raping her, according to court documents. The girl kept her underwear in a plastic bag to give to police as evidence.

When contacted by investigators, Chatman gave a statement. He said the sex was consensual and told investigators he thought the girl was 19, according to court documents.

It’s unclear why the girl went to Chatman’s home or whether her parents knew she was there.

Court documents indicate the girl knew Chatman was a registered sex offender.